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This Week in #CivicTech: Mapping Louisville, Combatting Illegal Robocalls, Free National Parks Passes

More than 29,000 people around the globe help make their communities and governments work better through the Code for America network. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this week:

Civic Data Alliance Maps Louisville

Civic Data Alliance in Louisville, KY developed several interactive maps of the city. The attractive design of the Tree Canopy Map shown below earned a feature in CartoDB’s gallery. Other maps were designed to improve pedestrian safety and address other important city issues.

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Federal Trade Commission Awards $25k to App that Blocks Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission announced the winners of their National Day of Civic Hacking challenge. The first place prize went to the creators of Robokiller, an app that blocks and forwards robocalls to a crowd-sourced honeypot. The Code for Atlanta group won a runner-up prize in the FTC’s DetectaRobo analytic challenge.

18F Helps Fourth Graders Get Free Entrance to National Parks

18F just launched everykidinapark.gov, a site that guides fourth graders through the process of obtaining a free national park pass for one year. What’s it like to build a website for kids? 18F wrote about the experience.

Hampton Roads Transit App Doubles Users

Code for Hampton Roads developed an app that provides real-time schedule and route data for local buses. Their app makes catching the bus easier than ever, and users have doubled over the past year. About 300 people now use the app daily.

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Past weekly updates can be found at #civictech or in slide form for your hacknights.